Those McCartney e-tickets may be stolen

NANCY CARR * Paul McCartney’s “Farewell to Candlestick Park” show, on August 14, is generating some crazy reselling action—tickets for the sold-out show are being hawked  for up to 20 times face value. If you’re looking for tickets, take a tip from my recent experience and do everything possible to ensure you’re not buying stolen tickets that have been cancelled and will be worthless at the gate, as happened to U2 fans some years ago.

After I bought tickets from Ticketmaster through the American Express presale last Thursday, my email was hacked: and so soon after I bought them, it looks like someone followed a trail. I went back into that email account yesterday to print the e-tickets, and both the confirmation email and the ticket delivery email were missing. Not in the trash either, which hadn’t been emptied recently, and where anything I deleted should have been. So I checked the login history for my account, and sure enough there were multiple logins on Thursday from another state.

UnknownThe good news is that Ticketmaster will reissue lost or stolen tickets, and I was able to access my ticket information through the website. After being on hold for quite a while (“Wheel in the Sky” is one of the songs on their current hold loop, and it will be days before I get it out of my head), I spoke to someone who was able to cancel and reissue my tickets.

The bad news is that someone will probably buy the tickets that were stolen from me, and will be turned away at the gate. Odds are that the shady reseller will get away with the money.

So here are some reminders of safe ticket buying and keeping  practices to ensure you don’t pay “$2000 for nothing,” as the U2 ticket scam story put it:

• If you buy electronic tickets from Ticketmaster or a similar service, watch for suspicious email account activity. Report your tickets lost or stolen if you think your account has been compromised.
• When buying from a reseller, choose one like StubHub that guarantees your entry to the show. This is different from getting your money back. Ebay and your credit card company, for example, may well help you recover the cost of your tickets eventually. But you won’t be seeing the show if your tickets are fakes, have been cancelled, or have been duplicated and sold more than once. Read the fine print and be sure that your entry to the show is assured, if that’s what you want. You will probably pay more, but if getting in is what matters to you, it’s worth it.
• Be suspicious of any reseller who won’t transfer electronic tickets to you through the original issuer, but sends you an email. For example, to transfer Ticketmaster seats you have to log in to the website; it’s a lot easier to get hold of an email.
• Do everything you can to confirm a reseller’s integrity before you buy, because in the end there is no way to be absolutely sure that a ticket purchased from a third party is valid until it is accepted at the gate. The original issuer of the ticket will deal only with the original purchaser, so you can’ t call the company up and find out if your ticket has been cancelled.

• Finally, don’t post pictures of your tickets (electronic or hard ones) on social media. This sounds obvious, but many people do it, and some later discover that the barcodes from the tickets have been stolen. In that case, whoever gets to the show first gets in. Posting pictures of your tickets is like leaving them lying around in a public place.

The Blue Meanies are out there, people. Watch your (electronic) backs.



8 Comments

  1. Thanks, Nancy! I am considering buying tickets for the Dodger Stadium show and this is great info to have!

  2. J.R. Clark wrote:

    Stolen tickets…Paul McCartney concert…sounds like the plot synopsis for “Give My Regards To Broad Street 2″!

  3. Thank you for a brilliant article!

  4. Hologram Sam wrote:

    “Paul McCartney has canceled his concert in South Korea next week due to the virus-caused illness that forced him to call off his entire Japan tour, organizers said Wednesday.”

    I’m getting a little worried here. I hope he gets well soon.

    • Nancy Carr wrote:

      Yes, sounds like a nasty bug. But if anyone can bounce back from it, it’s probably Paul. Another reminder that we’re all just flesh and blood — and that this round of concerts might be McCartney’s last.

  5. hologram sam wrote:

    Bless him, he goes on and on, never looking back, always progressing into the future, like his Beatles did.

  6. Sandy wrote:

    I’m glad Paul is listening to his doctors. But it is sad for the people who have tix

    Paul McCartney June Dates Re-Scheduled To October

    ‘OUT THERE’ TOUR TO RESUME JULY 5 IN ALBANY

    “I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs’ advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon.” — Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will, however reluctantly, heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea.

    The ‘Out There’ world tour will now resume July 5 in Albany, NY, and the June 14-26 shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville have been rescheduled to October. Tickets for the original June dates will be honoured for the new dates detailed below. Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

    PAUL McCARTNEY
    ‘OUT THERE’ U.S. TOUR 2014

    July 5: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
    July 7: Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
    July 9: Chicago, IL – United Center
    July 12: Fargo, ND – Fargodome
    July 14: Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
    July 16: Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
    August 2: Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
    August 5: Missoula, MT – Washington-Grizzly Stadium
    August 7: Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
    August 10: Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
    August 12: Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
    August 14: San Francisco, CA – Candlestick Park
    – October 2: Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
    (Re-scheduled from June 14)
    – October 11: New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
    (Re-scheduled from June 19)
    – October 13: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    (Re-scheduled from June 16)
    – October 15: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
    (Re-scheduled from June 21)
    – October 16: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    (Re-scheduled from June 25)
    – October 25: Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    (Re-scheduled from June 22)
    – October 28: Louisville, KY – Yum! Center

  7. Hologram Sam wrote:

    Re: The Lubbock Texas show:

    “I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that this is a historic day in Lubbock,” said Mayor Glen Robertson.

    A press packet at the conference bore the message “Keep Calm & Let It Be.”

    Kate McMahon, a concert promoter with The Messina Group, said McCartney’s Lubbock appearance will kick off the U.S. leg of his 2014 Out There tour, featuring six performances across the southern U.S. It will be McCartney’s first ever local appearance.

    “He wanted to play Lubbock, Paul wanted to play Lubbock, because his tie to Buddy Holly is so strong,” McMahon said.

    Holly’s influence on McCartney and The Beatles is well-documented. McCartney has reportedly said, “At least the first 40 songs we (The Beatles) wrote were Buddy Holly influenced.”

    McCartney also hosted and produced “The Real Buddy Holly Story,” a 1987 documentary covering Holly’s life from his beginnings in Lubbock until his death in 1959.

    Robertson said he was still in disbelief that McCartney specifically requested to play Lubbock.

    “If I had come to you a few weeks ago and said Paul McCartney is coming to Lubbock because he wanted to – because he reached out and said ‘I want to play the hometown of Buddy Holly,’ what would you have said?” he asked those at the news conference.

    The answer he was looking for: “That’ll be the day.”

    Robertson was hopeful that the concert could have financial benefits for the entire city — out-of-town visitors, he said, will boost hotel and motel earnings as well as sales tax revenue.

    The logistics of getting McCartney to town has been a collaboration between Tech and the city. Both have pooled resources, including Tech police, Lubbock police and the Lubbock Fire Department, to ensure that the concert proceeds safely.

    Hance said working with the city to bring McCartney to town makes Tech a “good corporate citizen.”

    “This’ll be a sellout before it gets started,” he said.

    According to a news release, McCartney’s only other Texas performance will be June 16 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    As for the Lubbock show, Robertson said he had two song requests — both Buddy Holly originals. The mayor hopes to hear Sir Paul perform “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.”

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